Not for the squeamish or faint of heart, this brilliantly daring novel is shocking and delightful. Christina Moore's vibrant narration conspires with Katherine Dunn's evocative, energetic prose to shock us at seeing something of ourselves in these exotic characters.
©1998 Katherine Dunn; (P)1999 Recorded Books
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for an oddly touching story about love and family. The characters are unique and beautifully flawed and although there are times the story is shocking and grand, it never stops feeling intimate.
This book is like nothing I've ever read or could have ever imagined. It was a strange, twisted, bizarre testament of love. And I liked it!
Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.
Great, I mean gritty great, psychologically disturbing,but mind blowingly great character development... the twisted psyche of the family members is absolutely enamoring.
Too many, one would have to be Mungo's demise and Ms Lick's last foot bath.
Made me think, cringe, laugh, wonder, contemplate and cry.
Highly recommended to those out there who appreciate the dark side of human psyche, those who can appreciate twisted beauty outside the mainstream and those of you who enjoy a true story that will leave you wanting more.
Weirdly charming bool
Yes, I would be willing to try another. She did a good job of getting the reader/listener to relate to characters that were way out there.
I have not, so I can't compare. But I thought she was a great narrator.
Ollie. The main character. You got to know her best and could see everything from her point of view.
This book was not what I expected. I was expecting more of a love story and a kind of a twisted sort of fairytale. I guess in a way it was that. It was an interesting story for sure.
Intriguing, specific, unforgettable.
The mom. I found her to be the most confusing, and yet not entirely unlikeable.
No, it was not really that kind of book.
This book evidently has a cult following. The reason I chose it was because I had read a review in People magazine. Nora Jones had listed it as her favorite book, and when I read more about it, people were saying it is a book they have read multiple times. I am not in that cult. It was different, but not my kind of book. I recommend books if they are well written and have something worth saying. This is a book that has something to say. Not a waste of time, but not my choice of "must reads".
S. J. Swan
I hated what happened to the twins.
This story is so wrong, but yet you can't stop listening to it. It's like watching something on youtube, you know you should be offended, but you find you have to know what happens to all of these people.
I think she did a good job distiguishing the different characters and their personalities.
No. The book takes you full circle and gives a final ending.
Not a chance. I think the writing was terrible. The characters were too poorly written for me to have any interest in what happened to them. I feel that the author was using the grotesque to sell books. I was actually upset by the time wasted listening to this thing.
Clearly, many people like this book. It is not for me.
Nope. I feel like the voices were over done and really hard to listen to.
Funny question! Mostly anger and disappointment.
part time gourmet, full time nerd
The author paints a very graphic picture of a family of circus freaks, describing their unique life through the eyes of the middle daughter. The culture and assumed normalcy of the family is fascinating.
However the pace of the story was sometimes difficult and I wish the time line wasn't so jerky. I also felt like some of the language was excessive, using extravagant cuss words or harsh graphic detail just to keep the reader (listener) uncomfortable.
I hate this book. It is so sick and criminal to purposely breed genetic deformities. There was nothing entertaining about this nauseating book in the least.
all the story line
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